Decision on plan for retirement apartments put back


A decision regarding plans to demolish former council offices off Chapel Lane and replace them with retirement apartments has been delayed.

The Northern Planning Committee met on Wednesday, 29th April, to discuss the proposal from PegasusLife to knock down the two existing buildings on the Remenham site and build 57 assisted living apartments. However, the decision was deferred to allow for members to consider the number of parking spaces being made available.

Cllr Rod Menlove explained "I attended the meeting and spoke in favour of the application. The members were broadly supportive but had concerns about on-site parking, there being 59 spaces for 57 apartments. Pegasus offered their experience from their other developments that within a short time only about two thirds of residents kept their cars. I am hoping that the application returns to committee shortly since this is a development of value to Wilmslow."

Revised plans were submitted which reduce the entire building to four storeys and reduces the height from 19.7 metres to 16.3 metres. The effect of this reduction was to reduce the number of apartments from 65 to 57, and reduce the extent of communal facilities. The communal facilities now include a dining area, swimming pool, sauna, gym, and studio.

It is proposed that a S106 legal agreement requires Pegasus to make a payment of £81,750 for "off-site provision of public open space for improvements, additions and enhancement of existing public open space facilities at Gravel Lane, Lindow Common, Carnival Fields, The Carrs and allotments within Wilmslow".

The planning application can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 14/5471M.

The application (reference 15/0283M) to build a 35-bedroom hotel on Altrincham Road, Styal was also on the agenda for last week's Northern Planning Committee meeting. It was recommended for refusal but the planning application was withdrawn.

PegasusLife, Planning Applications, Remenham


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Gary Barton
Wednesday 6th May 2015 at 12:12 pm
The revised plans make the building more acceptable and address a number of concerns raised by local residents and the Town Council about the size of the development. I am also pleased that the committee took on board concerns about car parking. This will be a good development if done correctly.
Sarah Paterson
Wednesday 6th May 2015 at 12:28 pm
Hopefully the planning committee will apply the same concerns to the limited parking provision that will be provided at the proposed retirement development on Holly Rd North.
Roger Bagguley
Wednesday 6th May 2015 at 6:05 pm
Sarah makes a good point. With the proposed 35 apartments for Holly Road North and 57 on Bedells Lane both of these brownfield sites contribute well to the 400 houses required for Wilmslow in the currently discredited Local Plan. However, whilst our Conservative councillors have left these sites to decay over several years they have taken land at Royal London and land along the A34 bypass out of the Green Belt for immediate development. Add to this via "Safeguarding" they have removed further sites from the Green Belt at Upcast Lane and south of the Prestbury relief road. This does not add up to a council that claims to be protecting the Green Belt with a "Brownfield site first" policy. Given that 388 houses are already committed towards the required 400 and the 92 coming on line in Bedells Lane and Holly Road North then, with still 15 years left in the current Plan period, the housing requirement for Wilmslow is exceeded even given the 22% increase now required of a revised plan,

Two years ago Cheshire East was very excited about a proposal to build 5 prestigious houses on the Bedells Lane site. Residents of Wilmslow (RoW) asserted this was an ideal site for apartments for older people! Applying actual housing figures and advising Cheshire East Council of the existence of brownfield sites are but two examples of the common sense logic your Independent Wilmslow councillors bring to the table when working to create a better future for Wilmslow, a town for the future that does not concrete over any of our Green Belt.
Martin Duguid
Wednesday 6th May 2015 at 6:49 pm
The project may well be good use of a 'brown field' site but it clearly encroaches on the existing car parking spaces around the Wilmslow Health Centre. How does this square away with the East Cheshire Health Trust's aspiration to extend community health services at Wilmslow Health Centre (and others) to take pressure off hospitals such as Macclesfield. Surely this will increase the demand for parking spaces not reduce it? A case for consultation between interested parties perhaps? Let's have some joined up thinking East Cheshire Council!!
Roger Bagguley
Wednesday 6th May 2015 at 8:14 pm
Another good point to take forward to discussion with our councillors. Given there are more brown sites in Wilmslow than the two above there is ample opportunity available to meet all future requirements without encroaching on to the Green Belt. How wonderful to think that Wilmslow may have two Independents in David Jefferay and Tony Fox on Cheshire East Council and that they may just be able to introduce a Conservative majority to the art of playing chess with planning for the future and to joined up writing.
Yvonne Howson
Wednesday 6th May 2015 at 8:51 pm
What will happen to the existing parking outside Wilmslow health Centre? Have you tried to park there whilst visiting the surgery. It is now widely used by the Towns workforce because it is free. Parking is already nigh on impossible and workers use the space in front of the old offices already.
Roger Bagguley
Wednesday 6th May 2015 at 10:06 pm
Yvonne. You are quite right to point out the current car parking spaces are being taken up by members of the Wilmslow work force and likely some commuters displaced by recently introduced parking restrictions elsewhere in the town. Measures that result in commuters simply moving elsewhere do not solve the problem - Glenside has recently become a commuter car park too. I called in the doctors today, was the only patient there yet the car park was almost full. Residents of Wilmslow (RoW) has raised this issue with the Wilmslow Practice and will continue to monitor the situation. As is pointed out parking is the issue holding up the proposed development. This is parking across the whole site. Unless this is resolved it is unlikely the application for so many homes will be approved. It might be of interest for people to know that RoW Independent Wilmslow Town Councillors Phil Enstone and David Jefferay are both members of the planning committee and have informed this decision.

With the revised Local Plan calling for even more housing and commercial development in Wilmslow, not to mention at Handforth East, Woodford and Airport City, it is a matter of very great concern to us at RoW that the Conservative lead council does not have very much to say about infrastructure. Think we are in big trouble.
Dave Cash
Wednesday 6th May 2015 at 10:14 pm
@Roger there is also an Independent standing for CEC in Wilmslow West & Chorley Ward....ME!
Roger Bagguley
Wednesday 6th May 2015 at 10:42 pm
Yes Dave but you will not be on the planning committee until you have won tomorrow. Good luck, Hope you do. The more Independents in Wilmslow and Cheshire East the harder the ruling Conservatives have to work to impress us people. By tomorrow it could be Dave squared + Toni as Independent Wilmslow Councillors. How great will this be!
Manuel Golding
Thursday 7th May 2015 at 11:24 am
Wilmslow Health Centre parking. Do as I've done, go in and ask to speak with the Practice Manager. She is a very understanding person and is very aware of the parking space thieves. Yet more voices will add to her armoury in bringing about the necessary controls.
Stuart Redgard
Saturday 9th May 2015 at 3:49 pm
"It is proposed that a S106 legal agreement requires Pegasus to make a payment of £81,750 for "off-site provision of public open space for improvements, additions and enhancement of existing public open space facilities at Gravel Lane, Lindow Common, Carnival Fields, The Carrs and allotments within Wilmslow".

It is my understanding that S106 money can only be spent in the same ward as the development itself.

Therefore, I trust this S106 Money will be spent in the part of the Carrs that is in this ward (i.e. Wilmslow West And Chorley) which is the bit on the south side of the River Bollin" and not in the section north of the River Bollin which is in the Wilmslow Lacey Green Ward.

And the same with allotment too. I understand that there are at least two allotment sites in Wilmslow West and Chorley ward.